As a society, we reject complexity. That’s why we turned the word homeless into a noun: the homeless. As though all the people experiencing homelessness were a distinct, homogenous demographic. That’s a fiction. A shorthand we use to compartmentalize homelessness and ignore it.
As the market gets smarter, its prices get more accurate. As market prices get more accurate, investors who think they have found stocks trading for significantly less than fair value have likely not uncovered true bargains. Rather, these investors are more likely to have made a mistake, miscalculated, or failed to account for a risk factor that is apparent to the rest of the world.
… by technological ingenuity in the form of templates, filters, and other predetermined structures. The ease with which we are enabled to create, ultimately warps the perception of what creativity really is — the ability to turn original ideas into reflective, human experiences that inspire more ideas. Technology also allows everyone to showcase their work. With its widespread connectivity and the exponential growth of content afforded by technological ingenuity, the internet instills a subconscious how-to guide for creating, which means that true creativity can be easily washed away by the waves of homogeneity.
I’ve found, to my relief, that this feeling of self-induced amnesia is grounded in the Zeigarnik effect — the tendency to experience subconscious, nagging mental reminders to tie up loose ends. Bluma Zeigarnik, the psychologist whom this phenomenon was named after, successfully demonstrated that people are more inclined to recall uncompleted tasks; therefore, completed tasks are lost among the uncompleted.
…f a heavily backlogged “potential article/blog topics” list and multiple other running to-do lists. Instead of increasing my productivity, I found that writing these ideas down buries me deeper into idea debt. With each additional item added to the list, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage my priorities, as my attention flutters back and forth between tasks. Each new idea causes my priorities to shift, pushing yet another task further away from completion.
…s a day, which translates to once every ten minutes or so — for no reason, other than out of habit. To add to that, the average attention span in 2015 was 8.25 seconds — .75 seconds less than a goldfish (9 seconds), probably one of least conscious life forms I can think of.
In their 2013 How Much Media? report, the University of Southern California’s Institute for Communication Technology Management stated that by 2015 “it is estimated that Americans will consume both traditional and digital media for over 1.7 trillion hours, an average of approximately 15 and a half hours per person per day.” That’s the better half of a day spent consuming content. This estimation was made over three years ago, and we’re already a year past the estimation date, so it would be safe to assume that the current average must be higher than originally estimated.